Community Empowerment

Across all the Wild Bird Trust projects, the importance of engaging communities is well understood and incorporated into each project ethos.

Nkashi Classic

The Nkashi Classic is a celebration of the mekoro, a wooden dugout canoe which the BaYei guides use to explore, live and fish in the narrow and winding waterways of the Okavango Delta. The Nkashi is the Setswana name for the pole that is used to propel a mekoro, an essential skill for any person born around the Delta. Organised by the Botswana Wild Bird Trust in partnership with Botswana Tourism Organisation, the Nkashi Classic final takes place along the Thamalakane River in Maun. The heats are becoming a big feature of village life around the Delta and polers compete to be able to take part in the finals and have a chance to win life changing prize money. The Nkashi Classic aims to create awareness on the importance of the Okavango River System, the community it supports, and the power that it holds to affect positive change for future generations.

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